If there’s anything currently more polarizing than the use of the term “Enduro,” it would probably be the rise of e-bikes. As electric bike technology continues to improve, it makes sense that the bikes are getting more popular. Pedal assist models like the Bosch equipped Felts offer power only when you pedal, meaning these aren’t basically electric motorcycles with a throttle. While certainly not for everyone, electric assist bikes have the potential to open cycling to those who never saw it as an option, whether for commuting or fitness.
Felt has sold e-bikes in Europe for 3 years now, and for 2015 the California based company is expanding their electronic offerings both stateside, and across the pond. Charge past the break for more…
Officially names Felt Electric, the line of e-bikes will still be split between Europe and the US with slightly different options for each. New to the existing line of European e-bikes is the new Lebowsk-e and the Dual-e. We got a chance to check out the new Lebowsk-e at Sea Otter, which is an incredibly capable fat bike equipped with the Bosch mid-drive motor.
The Dual-e is an aptly named full suspension 29er which uses a linkage driven single pivot rather than the Felt Equilink system. The two bikes join the current offerings in the Verza-e, QX-e and Nine-3 ebikes.
For us here in the US, Felt will be selling the Lebowsk-e fat bike ($5699-5999) , Dual-e 125mm full suspension 29er ($4999-5499), and Nine-e hard tail 29er ($4499-4699) in addition to the new Sport-e ($3999-4199). Sold as a traditional frame, or a step thru, the lifestyle oriented Sport-e is a versatile city bike designed for commuting or cruising about town.
All of Felt’s e-bikes are equipped with the Bosch Mid drive motor and battery pack which will assist riders up to
25 kh/h 20mph/32kph.